Sep 11, 2012 11:30am PDT
( music ) narrator: thomas moran embarked on his first trip to the west in 1871. the united states at the time was still recovering from the ravages of the civil war. americans turned with hope to the western frontier. by painting the pristine grandeur of these remote places, moran enabled 19th-century americans to visualize a magnificent landscape most would never see. his paintings transformed their perceptions of the west. from 1867 to 1879, the united states government sponsored four western expeditions, now known as "the great surveys." of all the aists who accompanied them, none is more associated with the surveys than thomas moran. the watercolors he brought back from wyoming, the first color images of yellowstone, played a key role in the creation of the national parks system. yellowstone had long been familiar to american indians, mountainmen, traders and travelers. legendary, seemingly unbelievable stories made their way east. the canyon was said to be a "fearful chasm," the river a "frightful torrent," the sulfur springs wre "diabolical," the place where "hell bubbled up
Sep 27, 2012 11:30am PDT
, in the united states. complex communication systems allow the head office to arrange raw materials and allocate production to factories around the globe. guangdong has virtually none of the raw materials for making shoes, but they can be imported through hong kong. and here in hong kong, we finally meet the unsung hero of the global economy-- the freight container of containerized shipping. this homely steel box holds up to 60,000 pounds of raw materials, like rubr or leather or finished goods like sneakers. and since it was invented in 1956, it has slashed shipping costs dramatically. in just the last 15 years, the cost of shipping a vcr across the pacific was reduced by 95% from $30 to about $1.50. computer tracking and instant communications have also improved efficiency of the global assembly line. as these bar codes are read, nike's main computer on the other side ofhe world is automatically updated. the computer tracks production supplies right to the factory floor.d. this leather came from venezuela, the rubber from malaysia. these synthetics came from taiwan, japan, germany and america.
Sep 26, 2012 7:30pm PDT
buddhism- it's one of the more popular ones in the united states. and so we happened to be in san francisco, went to the zen center there, and talked to paul haller, one of the leaders. and i asked him about some of these key buddhist ideas, particularly about no self and what is the practice, what's the goal that he's looking for. so if we could, let's listen to a believer, and expert on buddhism, paul haller at the san francisco zen center. [bells ringing] >> what a beautiful, peaceful oasis in the middle of a busy city. we're at the san francisco zen center, and we're going to be looking at zen buddhism today. certainly, this is a wonderful symbol of what i think we're going to find, because at the heart of the buddhist experience is that very religious, very spiritual quest for peace and interconnectedness. now the story of the buddha is something that we'll be exploring here throughout this part of the experiential dimension. but today we want to go to an expert, paul haller, who's been practicing zen buddhism for many, many years, and is resident in this center. he's going to help us
Sep 10, 2012 7:30pm PDT
of the century, chicanos and mexicanos renegotiating space, redefining national identity here in the united states. and we try and use our installation pieces and language pieces to attain a central voice. ♪ alleluia gómez-peña: in american culture, traditionally there has always been a place for the anti-hero. and performance artists, we have conveniently occupied that space. so in a sense we are accepted transgressors, accepted provocateurs, accepted iconoclasts, and we often can get away with murder. we can do things that if we were just straight political activists, we would easily end up in jail or deported back to mexico. but as performance artists, we can always justify whatever we do as extreme aesthetic behavior, and we can really speak the truth. -- captions by vitac -- burbank, pittsburgh, washington annenberg media ♪ for information about this and other annenberg media programs call 1-800-learner and visit us at www.learner.org.
Sep 18, 2012 11:30am PDT
room in the united states senate. but more then anything, the discoveries found in the vesuvian towns gave the world an enduring image of the roman world. not the bloody business of wars and conquest... or the relentless demands of running an empire. the houses and villas on the bay of naples revealed a way in which daily life could be made beautiful by the elegant craftsmanship of artisans and the refined taste of patrons.
Sep 20, 2012 7:30pm PDT
another culture, another country with another language, must experience on first coming to the united states, because first of all, they aren't going to find what they're used to around them. but their religion is so different to christianity, that for them to maintain it in the face of all this differentness must be a tremendous growth pattern within a reassessing of what their values really are. you bring up a - that's two key ideas that pop into my mind. let me see if i can remember two things at one time here. one is something that didn't get on camera with bishop thomas regarding christianity. from his perspective, this country has lost christianity. he doesn't know what we're doing, but we're not doing christianity, and that was the other point. the flip side of that, to go back to hinduism, is the hare krishnas, who we'll see here shortly, are out on the street proselytizing because that's part of what they see as their duty, that's part of their joy. most hindus, such as the hindus at the lemont temple, or the aurora temple in the greater chicago area or out in malibu in calif